What do the Star Ratings indicate?

On our website we give each rose a Star Rating. The performance of any rose will vary from place to place and from year to year with different amounts of Sun, Wind, Rain and Frost. It is one of the beauties of growing plants, every year is different bringing new challenges and allowing us the pleasure of learning something every year. As such, the Star Ratings are a guide to performance. In nature there can be no guarantee of consistency year on year.

5 Star Rose:

This is a rose that in our experience is reliable over a wide range of conditions, growing well with strength, health and vigour, producing plentiful flowers and a variety that in the hands of an expert will excel, and in the hands of a novice will be easy to grow.

4 Star Rose:

Needless to say, these are not good in all respects as their 5 Star cousins. They may have a wonderful and unusual colour, but not be quite as healthy or maybe not so tolerant of a windy site.  They will still perform well and have many good points, but they are the cheeky naughty child of the family, full of mischief and occasionally crossing the line making extra work for us gardeners to care for them.

3 Star Roses:

These will have a really outstanding feature, often a wonderful perfume. This one feature makes them desirable, but they will be more difficult to grow and will be more prone to disease. There are times however when we say the pain is worth the gain for the exquisite pleasure that the flowers are capable of giving.

2 and 1 Star:

If you are a novice, leave these alone! We have very few in the catalogue, but we can be sure they will attract disease. They may have haunting beauty, and it may be fleeting. They may grow well, but flower for a short period only. Leave these for the hardened enthusiast to enjoy the challenge of overcoming the problems and creating a rare beauty against the odds.

What do the Scent Ratings indicate?

This is always a fun part of enjoying the rose. Perfume, like so much in nature, is not consistent, so putting a numeric value on it is fraught with difficulties! Some of the variations are caused by temperature, sunlight and humidity. Wind and rain will dull the scent as well. Some flowers have a stronger perfume during the period that the flower is at its most fertile and ready to accept pollen, thus attracting the pollinating insects at the right time. They are clever things, these plants. 

We rate the perfume on a 1 to 10 scale. The premise is simple, the higher the number the stronger the perfume. The only problem with this simplicity is that as people we all have different noses and different sensitivities, so any two or three people may put the flowers in a different order!

Please take the Scent Ratings as a guide. There are so many different types of scent, Rose, Fruit, Spice, Myrrh, Citronella, Musk and many more found in the rose. The strongest may not always be the nicest, it is impossible not to include some subjectivity in the ratings.

Scent Ratings: - Imagine them on a sliding scale with the reference points shown below

10 This is the nicest perfume - the combination of strength and the particular type of fragrance

5  By the time we get to this rating there is still perfume, some may have a less sweet and enjoyable scent

When we arrive at one there is little discernible scent.